Diabetic Eye Exams in Alberta

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Diabetes & Your Eyes

Diabetes is a systemic disease that affects your body’s ability to create or use insulin, which regulates your blood sugar levels. When blood sugar is too high, it can damage organs, blood vessels, and nerves.

This can be particularly dangerous for your eyes. Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk for glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic eye diseases, like diabetic retinopathy.

Managing diabetes is a team effort. Undergoing annual eye exams and maintaining appropriate blood sugar/blood pressure levels is an excellent start. By keeping communication lines open with your family doctor and optometrist, you will have the best chance of maintaining robust ocular health and vision quality throughout your life.

Unusually high blood glucose levels can damage the delicate blood vessels in your eyes. Over time, these blood vessels may leak blood and fluid into the eye. If it is improperly managed, diabetic retinopathy can cause scar tissue to develop, damaging your vision. The condition can also progress to diabetic macular edema.

As these damaged blood vessels in the eye continue to leak, they deposit fluid into the retina, causing it to swell. The more the retina swells, the more damage is done to the macula. When the macula sustains damage, it impacts your ability to see fine details like text, numbers, and facial features.

Be Aware of Changes in Your Vision

Because of the increased risk of developing dangerous complications, we advise you to closely monitor your visual quality and see us immediately if you notice any changes.

Sudden or even subtle changes may indicate the presence of an eye condition. If you experience any of the following symptoms, please schedule an eye exam with our optometrist. Early detection and treatment are key to maintaining your vision.

Symptoms may include:

  • Double vision
  • Blurry or distorted vision
  • Eye floaters and flashes of light
  • Sudden loss of vision

Regular Eye Exams Help Us Stay on Top of Your Eye Health

We do our absolute best to ensure our patients are comfortable during the entire eye examination process. The exam involves a series of non-invasive tests and is generally completed within 60 minutes.

Patients with diabetes should schedule annual eye exams to ensure the health and safety of your eyes. Our optometrist may want to see you more than once per year if they detect a condition that requires close supervision. Your vision is our priority.

Find Us In Bonnyville & St. Paul

St. Paul

You can find us on 51st Avenue, next to the Fire Hall and the Sunglass Cove.

Address

4916 51 Avenue
St. Paul, AB T0A 3A0

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Office Hours

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM8 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Bonnyville

Find us on the corner of Main & 52nd Street, across from Westline Autowash.

Address

5201 50 Avenue
Bonnyville, AB T9N 2G6

Contact Information

Office Hours

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

You can find us on 51st Avenue, next to the Fire Hall and the Sunglass Cove.

Contact Information

Address

4916 51 Avenue
St. Paul, AB T0A 3A0

Office Hours

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM8 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Find us on the corner of Main & 52nd Street, across from Westline Autowash.

Contact Information

Address

5201 50 Avenue
Bonnyville, AB T9N 2G6

Office Hours

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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